Monster Hunter Rise Will Let You Pet the Dogs (Palamutes)

To the joy of everyone, Monster Hunter Rise will let you pet your monster hunting-good boi when it launches on Nintendo Switch.

September 26, 2020

It was only a couple weeks ago that it was revealed by Capcom that a brand new Monster Hunter game — Monster Hunter Rise — will be coming to Nintendo Switch. Fitted with a new dog-like animal companion (called a Palimute), the introductory trailer showed off new dynamic and fast-moving gameplay that bests movement in past games. However, one burning question existed — can you pet the dogs? Thankfully, the answer is yes.

Following the first-ever gameplay reveal of Monster Hunter Rise at the Tokyo Game Show livestream, amid demonstrations of the new verticality enhancing Wirebug, we got the first details of the Palamutes. Originally showcased in the reveal trailer, the pups have an added stamina-saving benefit that the Palicos (cats) don’t have. Specifically at any time you can jump on the back of a Palamute to traverse the landscape, jump from area to area, and attack enemies.

Amid the demonstration, it was also asked whether you will be able to interact with Palicos or Palamutes in more dynamic ways. To the joy of the chat, the answer was yes — you can pet and play with your monster-hunting good boi. It’s also noteworthy to point out there is no added benefit (at all) to petting your Palamute or Palico, it is simply to show them some digital love and appreciation.

For a deeper dive into companion dynamics, keep an eye out for our full write-up of the gameplay coming soon. However, you will be able to have a combination of any two companions with you on a hunt (or none at all). So you should be able to swap out your pet preference, depending on if you consider yourself a dog lover, cat stan, or a hybrid of both. This is especially true if you get the pre-order layered armor unlocking the Golden Retriever and Forest Cat skins.

Monster Hunter Rise will be releasing worldwide, exclusively for Nintendo Switch, on March 26, 2021. For more details on today’s live stream from Tokyo Game Show, keep your eye out on DualShockers. Meanwhile, you can already pre-order the game now via the dedicated Capcom page.

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